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Tractor Restoration Business
In the past 18 years, Ed Post of Post Sandblasting and Painting in West Point, Ill., has restored close to 500 tractors of all makes and models.
††††"I grew up in town, but once I painted my first tractor, I was hooked. It's very rewarding work because they come in and look like a pile of rubble, but when they leave, I'm just tickled with the way they look," Post says.
††††"I've done tractors from the 1920's up to the 1990's. There are a lot of farmers who, instead of spending $100,000 to buy a new one, they just revamp and spruce up their old tractor Ż and make the neighbors think they got a new one," he says. "I've done work for people who just want to prolong the life of their tractor, those who want to restore them for their own enjoyment, and those who are serious tractor collectors."
††††Post also restores implements such as antique plows and discs, and fertilizer equipment.
††††"I have one full-time employee and we've been pretty swamped with work over the last five or six years," Post says. "We're usually able to get tractors in and out within two weeks. We normally use factory paint, but for show quality results, we use PPG brand automotive paint because it weathers better."
††††He says his business has grown steadily, thanks mainly to word of mouth advertising, and he also briefly advertised on the internet, which was very successful.
††††"I have some tractors here right now that are from at least 300 miles away. I've checked around, and I have very competitive pricing," Post explains. "Pricing is based on the size and shape of the tractor, plus whether or not I've ever done one of that type before."
††††He says he concentrates on cosmetic work, spending a lot of time on details, but doesn't get into mechanical repair.
††††Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Post Sandblasting and Painting, (report this location has closed).

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2005 - Volume #29, Issue #4